Naveen addresses public meet in Nuapada district

The issues pertaining to the millions of hapless people in the backward and poverty-stricken Kalahandi-Bolangir-Koraput (KBK) region of the State were in focus now with different parties focusing on the region after newly-launched Odisha Jan Morcha announced to hold a rally at Bhawanipatna.

The ruling Biju Janata Dal has already organised two public meetings after the Morcha’s recent announcement that it would organise its second Kranti Samavesh at Bhawanipatna town in Kalahandi district on November 19.

While Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressed a public meeting in Nuapada district, another meeting of the party was addressed by two of his Ministers in the region. The BJD was set to organise another party rally at Junagarh on Thursday, and more such party meetings were on the cards.

Opposition Congress too was not lagging behind in showing its concern for the problems facing the people in the KBK region. The party started a three-day-long padyatra from the district headquarters town of Subarnapur on Wednesday.

Several senior leaders of the party, including Pradesh Congress Committee president Niranjan Patnaik took part in the padyatra. The party is planning to organise similar programmes in the KBK region in the days to come.

Meanwhile, the Morcha has announced that its rally on November 19 would be attended by thousands of BJD workers who were supporting the outfit for launching a campaign to establish internal democracy in the ruling BJD.

The Morcha had organised its first Kranti Samavesh rally in Bhubaneswar on October 28 under the leadership of suspended BJD leader and Rajya Sabha dissident leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra.

The Bhubaneswar rally of the Morcha was attended by a large number of BJD workers despite the ruling party’s district units trying their best to prevent people from coming to the Capital city.

Mr. Mohapatra was suspended from the BJD after he allegedly attempted to oust the Chief Minister from his post in May this year. He had criticised Mr. Patnaik for not running the party in a democratic way and allowing the bureaucrats to have an upper hand in the functioning of the government at the October 28 rally.

  • Thousands of BJD workers to attend Morcha rally

  • Party begins a three-day-long padyatra from Subarnapur